STAR-2 (2021-2022) Course Participants

Allaway, HeatherPh.D
Louisiana State University.
Musculoskeletal and women’s health.

Battistuzzi, Fabia Ursula. Ph.D.
Oakland University.
Evolutionary genomics of microbial diversity.

Baxter, Katherine. Ph.D.
University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom.
Structure and function of disease-associated multi-species biofilms.

Cycil, Leena. Ph.D.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Algae utilization for bio-regenerative life support systems for space exploration.
Postdoctoral scholar.

Da Silveira, Willian. Ph.D.
Staffordshire University, United Kingdom.
Using systems biology and -omics to develop countermeasures against aging and spaceflight.

De Rivero Vaccari, Juan Pablo. Ph.D., M.S.B.A.
University of Miami.
Innate immune response after brain injury and disease.

Ferreira de Vasconcelos, Jaira. Ph.D.
James Madison University.
Mechanisms of bone formation, fibrosis and wound healing.

Henle, Andrea. Ph.D.
Carthage College.
Space biology education. Zebrafish models of carcinogenesis (uveal melanoma).

Hood, Joshua. M.D., Ph.D.
University of Louisville.
Therapeutic nanomedicines and diagnostics based on extracellular vesicles.

Hutson, M. Shane. Ph.D.
Vanderbilt University.
3D tissue models of organ development and wound healing.

Khan, Faisal. D.Phil.
University of Engineering and Applied Sciences and CECOS-RMI Precision Medicine Lab, Pakistan.
Multi-omics and machine learning for cancer research, and synthetic biology for diagnostics development. Astrobiology education.

Koppes, Abigail. Ph.D.
Northeastern University.
Gut-brain communication, neuromodulation, microfluidics.

Marin de Evsikova, Caralina. Ph.D.
Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.
Genomic and genetic adaptation to environmental exposures in health and disease.

Mitra, Kunal. Ph.D.
Florida Institute of Technology.
Bioprinted tissues for vascular dysfunction in microgravity and space radiation.

Nazarious, Miracle. Ph.D.
University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom.
Robotic instruments for astrobiology research and planetary exploration

Ortiz Morea, Fausto Andres. Ph.D. 
Texas A&M University / University of the Amazon, Colombia.
Exogenous and endogenous signal recognition for plant growth, development and defense.
Postdoctoral scholar.

Pandey, Siddharth. Ph.D. 
Amity University Mumbai, India.
Technology development for non-recoverable biological experiments in space and sample collection on Mars surface.

Phillips-Lander, Charity M. Ph.D. 
Southwest Research Institute.
Microbial community shifts in response to exposure to space environments

Porada, Christopher. Ph.D. 
Wake Forest University.
Mouse and tissue models for carcinogenesis and other biological risks of space radiation.

Rutter, Lindsay. Ph.D. 
University of Tsukuba, Japan.
Cell-free DNA and RNA approaches in space ‘omics.
Postdoctoral scholar.

Simpson, Anna. Ph.D. 
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Microbial ecology of built and natural environments.
Postdoctoral scholar.


Thome, Christopher. M.Sc., Ph.D. 
Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Canada.
Biological response mechanisms to low dose ionizing radiation.

Trapecar, Martin. Ph.D. 
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Studying immunometabolic diseases via human multi-organ microphysiological systems.

Wang, Karin. Ph.D. 
Temple University.
Matrix mechanoregulation of wound repair and tumor development.

Yadav, Marshleen. Ph.D. 
Ohio State University.
Radiation effects and countermeasures.